Since New Years, the drinking occasions have been fewer and further between (besides Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest presented by Compeer, of course), but now that everyone’s favorite holiday has finally arrived, it’s time to put our drinking caps on.
If you haven’t heard, Buffalo happens to be the number one city for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and with that top shelf honor comes the pressure of putting on some of the best St. Pat’s Day weekend parties possible on top the famous (/ infamous depending on how you look at it) parade. In true Buffalo style, put on your green, grab your Guinness, and hop over to the gold at the end of the rainbow with these parties, listed by date.
1. Live at O’Larkin
Where: Larkin Square
When: Friday, March 17th – 5-8 p.m.
One of Buffalo’s fave summer hot spots is running its 5th year of being one of the greatest St. Paddy’s Day parties too. This family-friendly event will satisfy all Celtic music and dance needs with the likes of McCarthyizm, folk trio Emerald Isle, students from Clann Na Cara Irish Dance, the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums, and more. And what would Larkin be without food trucks? Of course, that is part of the celebration day, with 15 of them making their way back to their summer home. We suggest you dress for the weather.
2. St. Patrick’s & March Madness
Where: New York Beer Project
When: Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th
For the avid college ball-watchers, NYBP has a fulfilling weekend planned complete with tons of beef for March Madness games and St. Patrick’s Day festivities. While the March Madness games are playing on the big screens, the Reardon & Garvey Celtic Band will play. This is also the perfect time to hop on the brewery wagon (not just the march madness wagon) since NYBP is offering free brewery tours too.
3. Buffalo’s Top St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl Day 2
Where: Pizza Plant, Iron Works, Brawler’s Back Alley Deli, Allen Burger Venture, Pam Am Grill & Brewery
When: Friday, March 17th – 5 p.m. – 4 a.m.
If staying in one spot isn’t for you and you want to get the best taste of Buffalo on Irish Day, hop on this bar crawl parade. Participants will register at Pizza Plant between 5 and 10 p.m., (I meannnnn… who doesn’t want to start the day with pizza!?), and get free entrance to all the bars on the crawl. Partygoers will have access to drink specials all day long and enjoy the adventures of the day.
Ticket info: $6-10
4. St. Patrick’s Day Party with The Town Pants
Where: Buffalo Iron Works
When: Friday, March 17th – 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
We can’t forget an event specifically geared towards Irish music, especially kilt-wearing, guitar-heaving rockers. The Town Pants with The Probables will do just that. The Town Pants have decades worth of experience with headlining Celtic festivals (am I the only one who didn’t know that was a thing before now?) and will obviously make this St. Patrick’s Day nothin’ but a good ol’ time.
Ticket info: $17-$20
5. 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party
Where: Ebenezer Ale House
When: Saturday, March 18th – 1 – 11:30 p.m.
The Southtowns like to party too, guys. We know that any place with the title “Ale House” in its name is going to take St. Pats very seriously and we’re so glad Ebenezer adheres. Lots of live music featuring Strictly Hip, The Dreaming Tree (Dave Matthews Tribute Bans), and more will accompany the beer-braised corned beef on the menu. Top it off with raffles and giveaways throughout the party, with proceeds benefiting Wings Flights of Hope, an organization which flies people out to receive necessary medical procedures. If this doesn’t sound like a fun day with a great cause attached, what does?
Ticket info: $10
6. Winfield’s Pub St. Patty’s Party with Blueshift and CBW
Where: Winfield’s Pub
When: Saturday, March 18th – 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Winfield’s Pub is joining up with Community Beer Works for this celebration to ensure the ultimate beer fest. Draft beer specials like “Cask of the Whale” Brown Ale and Blueshift will also be playing while those beers go down. House made Irish food, especially the ever-important Reubens will be there for the taking.
7. Parade Party featuring House of Pain
Where: Waiting Room, back parking lot
When: Sunday, March 19th – noon-6 p.m.
With House of Pain bringing back all of your ’90s nostalgia, this is the perfect time to “Jump Around” and dance off your winter slump. Cue the scene in Mrs. Doubtfire when Robin Williams and Matt Lawrence were dancing on the table. If that isn’t enough, Rick Jameson, Soulpatch, DJ Dovey, and Slaine will be showing off their musical stylings and making sure the party lasts all day. Drink specials featuring Guinness, Hamburg Brewing Company, Labatt, Kettle One, Crown Royal, and even an offering provided by Red Bull called “The Irish Trash Can.” Mostly because drinking and dancing is everyone’s favorite hobby.
Ticket info: General admission tickets for $15 and VIP tickets for $40
8. Paddy’s Day Pierogi Party
Where: Corner of Delaware and Edward, at Parade
When: Sunday, March 19th – noon – 7 p.m.
Just like you don’t need to be Irish to love St. Pat’s Day, you definitely don’t need to be Polish to stuff your face with pierogi. Trust us when we say, the fusion of both cultures will up your Parade Day experience. Everyone’s favorite pierogi place, Ru’s Pierogi, is having their own food tent along the parade route this year. $2 gets you entry and access to the holy grail of food trucks, plus beer at regular prices. LOL This magical food tent will also have heaters and portable restrooms, and the best part is the entrance fee is going to Journey’s End. Come be a charitable glutton and love life during the parade. Tickets can be purchased upon entrance.
Tickets: Purchase at door
9. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party
When: Sunday, March 19th – noon – 4 a.m.
If 12+ hours of partying is what you’re into, DBGB is always the place to be. They’ll start your day off with a complimentary corned beef and cabbage breakfast, continue with plenty of Guinness and Tully, and serve up DJ music on the side. Plus, their proximity to the parade and other festivities is perfection.
10. What: St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the 9th Ward
When: Sunday, March 19th – 1 – 5 p.m.
Babeville is a prime spot for celebrations, as it is conveniently on the parade route. It also conveniently will have a cash bar and music from The Observers, Phudge, Middlemen, and Jungle Steve & The Gypsiphelias. Take a break from the impending cold weather and hop inside for some libations and more music.
Ticket info: $4 cover
Keep in mind, although all of this is fun, it’s not for everyone. The audiences for these parties are 21+ so no funny business. Make sure you have designated drivers (sorry, responsible friends) or taxis (#wewantuber), and have a careful yet extremely lively and fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend!